We are bound to our bodies like an oyster to its shell. ~ Plato
The mind identifies itself with its body: a self-centered dualism where the mind considers the body is its servant. The mind wants you to think that you are a mind-body and nothing more: a soulless physicality.
The setup for this runs deep. Body parts and property objects figure heavily in the vocabularies and word usage of all languages. This consistent focus suggests a natural inclination toward a matterist mind-set.
As we grow up, we construct a sense of self based upon interactions with others, which create the products of the mind: fears, desires, and experiences. By this we forget our true nature.
The intellect is the play of the concept “I am.” It is the string that flies the kite. ~ Nisargadatta Maharaj